Arlaina Ryder brings up an interesting point (“Letter to the editor: Woman’s abortion defense makes opposition’s point,” May 13). The issue of when life begins is one for the ages.

Though some think and believe they have the answers, others don’t. Some are equally interested and adamant about our ability to ensure safe passage to those already here on earth.

If every time a sperm and an egg met, we could do everything possible to ensure that the meeting would produce a fully breathing, active member of society, that might be interesting.

However, poverty is real, suffering and complications are large. What an interesting dilemma for us all to face.

May we be kind with our differences and ensure safe medical care to all women and support the choices they make – not ones we make for them.

Mary Rae Means

Bristol